RFI Contributing to 2018 Back-To-School Drives

SAN JOSE, Calif. — August, 2018 — This year RFI participated in the Family Giving Tree’s Back-to-School Drive. RFI and our employees donated $500 as of now, 19 pledged backpacks, and contributed time to fill approximately 350 backpacks at the FGT warehouse. This helps to equip students with the backpacks they need to start off their year right.

RFI Ranked #13 on SDM 2018 Top Systems Integrators Report

SDM Magazine – July 10, 2018 – RFI is proud to have made the list of the 2018 23nd Annual SDM Top Systems Integrators Report. We have made it consecutively every year from the inception of this report, and we ranked #13 this year among 100 North American top systems integrators on the list. RFI has been ranked within the top 20 – #13 for 2018, #16 for 2017, #12 for 2016, #15 for 2015. The 2018 ranking was based on revenue for 2017 from systems integration solutions such as design, project management, product, installation, programming, and training sold directly to an end-user customer or through a tier of contractors. It does not include recurring monthly revenue (RMR) from service and monitoring, which was ranked on SDM 100 that RFI also made the list. Security needs have been heightened by increase in crime, concern for employee safety and current events such as active shootings that happened around the globe. This is an important achievement which validates RFI’s main focus to continuously strive to deliver up-to-date technology security and fire/life safety solutions to our valued customers.

Brad J. Wilson, CPP, President & COO of RFI Presenting at ESX Education Sessions

Electronic Security Expo, Nashville, TN – June 21, 2018 – 4 Pitfalls of Launching a New Product – And How to Avoid Them – Brad J. Wilson, CPP, President & COO of RFI, presented at ESX’s Education Sessions in Nashville TN under the category of “Grow Your Business (Educational Track)” on the subject of “4 Pitfalls of Launching a New Product — And How to Avoid Them.” For a successful launch of a “revolutionary” product or service, Brad elaborated the importance of a thoughtful product launch roadmap, why innovation without a clear purpose does not deliver value to the end user, how picking the wrong products and services can sink a launch, how to properly evaluate and choose products and services for your customer base, why marketing matters before the launch, and failure to set performance goals and track results is not an option.

Gregg Katz, Business Solutions Executive of RFI Presenting at ESX Education Sessions

ESX Persenting Electronic Security Expo, Nashville, TN – June 21, 2018 – Commercial Access Control 101: Unlocking Profits – Gregg Katz, Business Solutions Executive of RFI, presented at ESX’s Education Sessions in Nashville TN under the category of “Grow Your Business (Educational Track)” on the subject of “Commercial Access Control 101: Unlocking Profits.” Gregg expressed the importance of the following: understanding the latest access control technology helps in delivering best-in-class services to your clients; building a strategy around hosted or managed cloud-based, and on-premises solutions are important considerations when entering this market segment, including RMR models that drive higher profits. Advice was also given on the basics of hosted, managed, and on-premises access control; determining the right solutions to offer and the right markets to sell into; training your sales staff to sell access control with RMR every time; understanding how to price the service for profitability; and building the internal infrastructure that supports access control solutions.

RFI in the 2018 SDM Top 100 List Again

SDM Badge

SDM Magazine, May 10, 2018 – RFI was recognized again by SDM to be one of the Top 100 Security Dealers in the U.S. These companies earn their revenues from the sale, installation, service and monitoring of electronic security systems, such as intrusion and fire alarm, access control, video surveillance, and related low-voltage systems. SDM 100 firms are ranked by their Recurring Monthly Revenue (RMR), and RFI was listed #77. In this same survey, RFI ranked #24 by Total Annual Revenue, and #5 by Non-Residential Revenue. Click 2018, 2017 to view our certificates.

RFI Awarded 3 Years Consecutively as “America’s Most Honored Businesses – Top 1%”

SDM Badge

American Registry – May 14, 2018, April, 2017 & July 29, 2016 – RFI was honored consecutively in 2018, 2017 and 2016 on the list of “America’s Most Honored Businesses – Top 1%” researched by The American Registry. It was awarded for continuous professional recognition, an accomplishment realized by the Top 1% of American businesses. All qualifying public recognitions of excellence are certified by The American Registry and include significant mentions in the press, honors by recognized trade groups, and acclaimed recognitions by peers or clients. Out of hundreds of thousands of businesses evaluated and researched by The American Registry, only those businesses which have been publicly awarded multiple times for their professional excellence were considered. Click to see our Achievement Awards for 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Memorial Day Message 2018

Memorial Day Thank YouRFI President & COO, Brad J. Wilson, CPP – May 2018 – Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember with gratitude and pride for all those who died and served our country. Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many. We are very proud of the many veterans who are part of the RFI community!

In honor of all the veterans as well as the active service members.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Detecting and Deterring Workplace Violence

Gregg Katz InterviewKTVN Reno, Nevada – May 1, 2018 – SOURCE Electronic Security Association (ESA) – Gregg Katz (right on picture), Business Development Manager of RFI was interviewed by Cathy Rempel (left on picture), President of American Security Integrators on Friday, April 27, 2018 to discuss how security technologies can help detect and deter the potential for violence in the workplace.

Excerpts from this article by PRNewswire of KTVN:

Employers should maximize their video surveillance with analytics and audio capabilities to discourage threats from suspicious activities such as loitering. “If your video surveillance detects a person or group of people loitering after hours, video analytics in conjunction with IP speakers can alert them that they are under surveillance and their actions are being recorded. Businesses can do this with a pre-recorded message or through a monitoring center with a live video feed,” Katz says.

Katz also notes that early detection and mass notification are critical in an active threat situation. “An early warning system is very important. Communications technologies such as SMS messages directly to employees’ phones, email, intercom systems and even panic buttons can alert employees to the threat and what action they should take.”

Rempel and Katz emphasize employee training as the most important component – it’s people, process and technology working in tandem that provides an effective workplace security strategy. Katz says, “It is also why you need to do your research and retain a reputable company with technicians certified to install and maintain the equipment.”

Click here to read the full article.

RFI Giving Back to the Community

SD&I, Security Gives Back in 2017 – (December Issue) — RFI is one of 60 security dealer and integrator firms that volunteered and donated to help those in need and make an impact on their communities. This year RFI participated in the Family Giving Tree’s Back-to-School Drive, the largest gift and backpack donation program in California. RFI and our employees donated $640 cash, 22 filled backpacks, and contributed time to fill backpacks at the FGT warehouse in preparation for kids going back to school. Dexter Capinpin, Senior Field Engineer, stated: “There is nothing more fulfilling than making a difference to the children of our magnificent community.”

Receiving RFI’s 25 Year Recognition Award as a Honeywell Dealer

San Diego, Calif. – November 10, 2017 – At the Awards Gala of the Honeywell Connect 2017, Laura Armour, Business Development Manager, was receiving RFI’s “25 Year Recognition Award 2017” as a Honeywell Authorized Integrated Security Dealer. This was to recognize our 25 years of continuous loyalty and commitment to saving lives and property, in addition to our outstanding support for the Honeywell Integrated Security Dealer Program. Their theme of “Differentiate. Disrupt. Deliver.” was selected to show how we can provide a range of solutions to deliver the best results.

Recognizing RFI Veterans for Their Unwavering Service

RFI President & COO, Brad J. Wilson, CPP – November 9, 2017 – As we approach Veterans Day I am proud to be part of the greatest nation on Earth. I am filled with a sense of love and gratitude for those who have offered, and sometimes who have offered and given their lives in service to our country. Since the Revolutionary War in 1776, 45 million Americans have been part of the Armed Forces during conflict.

It is important for us to pause and acknowledge our debt to those who paid so large a share of freedom’s price. As we stand here in grateful remembrance of the veterans’ contributions we renew our conviction of individual responsibility to live in ways that support the eternal truths upon which our Nation is founded, and from which flows all its strength and all its greatness.

Each day brings us new hope, new ideas, and new inspiration. The past is history, but the present is our treasure. We cannot hope to improve our future without learning from the past.

This is why we commemorate Veterans Day.

RFI is proud of our veterans who serve or have served our country.

God Bless America!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

San Jose, Calif. – October 28, 2017 –RFI and our employees formedTeam RFI“, and walked and raised money for this great cause. We raised $1,115, and with RFI matching $1,000 the total was $2,115. The fund will be used towards the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer. They raise awareness about breast cancer prevention. They honor survivors. RFI is proud to be able to help.

RFI’s Vision on Cloud Video Services in SDM Magazine

SDM Magazine – October 7, 2017 – RFI was interviewed by SDM Magazine on the subject of “5 Ways to Increase RMR With Cloud Video Services”. Here is the excerpt from the magazine:

“While Michael Moritz, Business Development Manager, Commercial Solutions, RFI Communications, San Jose, Calif., says about 50 percent of RFI’s new customers are using cloud-based video solutions or access control, he adds this caveat: “If you look at the number of cameras or number of doors in access control, then the percentage is probably a lot smaller, probably 25 percent, being that … the enterprise-type customers are still sticking mostly with conventional. But he adds that since RFI started steering people toward cloud in the last six months, it has really picked up, and that people are reacting well to cloud video services, and — more to the point — it has absolutely been a boon to his RMR.”

RFI on N. NV Security & Alarm Companies Listing

Northern Nevada Business Weekly – September 2017 — RFI is proud to be listed as one of the 2017 Northern Nevada Security & Alarm Companies published by the Northern Nevada Business Weekly in its Book of Lists. RFI ranked No. 13 on this list of 25 companies. RFI has offices in the Western United States and has been providing the latest technology for integrated security and fire/life safety solutions.

RFI on the List Again for the 50 Largest Private Companies in Silicon Valley

San Jose, California – September 9, 2017 — RFI has achieved again to be one of the 50 Largest Private Companies in the Silicon Valley. This list was published by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and ranked by the 2016 fiscal year revenue. Here are our certificates for 2016 and 2017.

Dee Ann Harn, CEO Interview from ESX

RFI, Honoree of Both 2017 & 2016 Greater Bay Area Top Family-Owned Businesses

San Francisco Business Times – June 30, 2017 & May 2016 – RFI is proud to be honored on the listings of both 2017 and 2016 of the Greater Bay Area Top Family-Owned Businesses published by the San Francisco Business Times. To qualify for the list, companies must be majority family-owned and based in the Greater Bay Area. Businesses were ranked by companywide revenues of the previous fiscal years. To view the certificates, click 2017 for the current year and 2016 for the previous year.

RFI Listed on the 2017 Family-Owned Businesses

Silicon Valley Business Journal – April 21 2017 – RFI was listed again as one of the 2017 Family-Owned Businesses in the Silicon Valley where passion, character and loyalty are shared values. This annual listing was ranked by revenue where RFI was listed #21 amongst 45. Here is the excerpt on RFI in this Journal, “The general response is one of respect and admiration. We look at our company as a community since we have many long-term employees who aren’t family by blood, but have been committed and loyal to the growth and success of the company. RFI began as RFI Security on the Reece family’s kitchen table. Larry Reece and one helper provided all sales, installation and service for the first few years. Primarily, the business involved residential and small commercial systems. Larry Reece started RFI in 1979. He has been a technician and approached business from the view of the technician working directly with the customer to provide solutions for their security problems.” RFI is proud of this achievement and always believes, as our company tagline says, “Our People Make the Difference.” To view our certificate, click here.

University of Nevada, Reno’s Access Control System Upgrade by RFI

AMAG Technology’s Website, LinkedIn, Twitter and Cygnus Business Media– May 2017-When the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) learned their Casi Rusco access control system was deemed end of life and needed a massive upgrade, Housing Security Director, Charles (Chas) Stricker was told there was only one option by contacting his integrator, RFI Communications and Security Systems (RFI), and manufacturer, AMAG Technology, to explore the AMAG Symmetry SR Retrofit Solution. The upgrade was fast and allows reuse of UNR’s existing wiring, card readers and cards. University of Nevada, Reno saves millions upgrading its access control system to the AMAG Symmetry SR Retrofit Solution.

“We cut over White Pine in less than four hours,” said RFI Senior Account Executive, Hyong Cho. “We completed the programming changes and tested the doors. From that point on, we went to housing management, explained what we did and provided a budget number to finish the rest of the housing buildings.”

UNR uses the Blackboard Learning Management System for its student and faculty database. Symmetry pulls data from Blackboard on a schedule to populate cardholder data. “Symmetry looks at the Blackboard database to see what access is needed,” said Cho. “If there is a new student, Symmetry will grab the information and populate into the Symmetry database and assign access. If someone is removed, the card is automatically deactivated.” “Pre-planning and having IT support was instrumental to the success of this SR retrofit upgrade,” said Cho.

The relationship between RFI and UNR goes back to the mid-1990’s when UNR installed its first access control system. Over the past 20 years, RFI has worked with UNR on over 100 projects, and has developed a trusted relationship. “We have a great relationship with RFI,” said Stricker. “We’ve been down this learning path together and both have taken responsibility for mistakes and missteps. We trust their judgment and abilities and look to them for future solutions to best protect our students.” “I am very happy with how quickly we were able to complete the upgrade to the Symmetry SR Retrofit System,” said Stricker. “The software learning curve was quick, and RFI was willing to learn how to complete the upgrade. Even with all our last minute requests, both RFI and AMAG got it done.”

RFI Being Recognized Again in the 25 Top Family-Owned Businesses Survey

San Jose, California – September 16, 2016 —RFI is proud to be recognized again in the Top 25 Family-Owned Businesses Survey by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. RFI has made it to this list every year, and ranked #19 this year. Click here to view our Certificate on this achievement.

RFI Cares

RFI Security, Inc. – San Jose, CA – May 26, 2016 – RFI and our employees continually act for the benefit of the well-being of society in general. Our sense of social responsibility aims to maintain the welfare of our communities and environments. We have been supporting the following causes: Alzheimer’s Care, Education, Foster Children, Homeless Veterans, Hunger, Infant Health, Underserved Children. During the year, all RFI office locations regularly organize and contribute to numerous food and fund drives, as well as engage in support of other community charity causes.

On May 26, 2016, our San Jose Client Services Department were sporting their Red Noses. Red Nose Day is a special day to come together, have fun and make a difference for kids. It was run by the non-profit organization, Comic Relief, Inc. Their vision is of a just world, free from poverty; and their mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. Laugh, Give, Save a Kid!

Red Nose Day

RFI Listed with the 2016 SDM Top 100 Security Dealers in the United States

SDM Magazine, May 2016 – RFI is proud to have made the list again for the SDM Top 100 Security Dealers in the U.S., which was ranked by their Recurring Monthly Revenue (RMR). These companies provide electronic security systems and services to both residential and commercial customers. They sell, install, service, host and monitor electronic security and safety systems, such as intrusion and fire alarm, access control, video surveillance, and related low-voltage systems. Stay connected to RFI by following our LinkedIn page.

RFI partners with Rapid Response

RFI Security, Inc. – San Jose, CA – March 7, 2016 – RFI is announcing a strategic partnership with Rapid Response Monitoring Station (RRMS) and closing its internal central station. RFI continues to make decisions to drive our valued proposition while strengthening our customers’ experience with more services, mobile apps and customized solutions. “As a business decision, there is no question we are doing what’s best for RFI and our customers. Rapid Response has a robust of features and services which will benefit our customers immediately,” said Dee Ann Harn, CEO of RFI. To provide the most advanced technologies available for Central Station monitoring services, RRMS has 20 full-time programmers on staff. With locations in Syracuse, New York and Corona, California, RRMS enables RFI to provide monitoring services in all fifty states with mirrored reliability on both coasts.

To stay relevant, “the integrator of tomorrow has to look well beyond security,” Brad Wilson, President and COO of RFI, said. “The more services you bundle, the more value you have,” he said. Those services include fire, security, audio, health monitoring, both on- and off-premise. This transition is expected to be completed in the next 65 days.

To read the press releases, click the following links:

Security InfoWatch

Security Systems News

RFI President & COO Brad Wilson speaks to TMCnet

See Video Here

RFI Security, Inc. – San Jose, CA – Renews CSAA Five Diamond Central Station Certification

Vienna, VA, September 22, 2015 – The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) International is pleased to announce that RFI Security, Inc. – San Jose, CA has renewed the prestigious “CSAA Five Diamond Central Station Certification.”

This Certification testifies that 100% of the company’s central station operators have achieved proficiency and certification by passing the CSAA Central Station On-Line Operator Training Course. These courses cover virtually all phases of central station communications with customers, law enforcement, fire and emergency services communications centers. This critical area of communications is the life-saving link between the residential or business properties and the law enforcement, fire and emergency services in local areas. In order to achieve the Five Diamond Certification, each and every operator must have not only passed the course, but demonstrated:

  • Proficiency in alarm verification, which helps reduce false alarms; 
  • Proficiency in communications with Public Service Answering Points, such as the Emergency 911 centers; 
  • Knowledge of electronic communications equipment, including radio; 
  • An understanding of the codes and standards of such organizations as Underwriters Laboratories, Factory Mutual, the National Fire Protection Association and others; and
  • Proficiency in the area of emergency preparedness under a wide scenario of possibilities.
CSAA Five Diamond Central Station

In addition, Five Diamond companies have demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of responsibility to their local community and their customers through the investment of time, money and commitment to 100% quality operator training.

There are approximately 2,700 central stations in the United States, which communicate and interact with the law enforcement, fire and emergency services agencies. Of this group, fewer than two hundred central stations have achieved Five Diamond Certified status.

The Central Station Alarm Association International (CSAA) is an internationally-recognized non-profit trade association that represents professional monitoring companies that are listed by a CSAA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, such as FM Global, Intertek/ETL or UL. CSAA is legally entitled to represent its members before Congress and regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the industry. Since its incorporation in 1950, CSAA has served its members’ interests through education, online training, meetings and conventions, certification, insurance, and industry standards.

RFI Proud to be Recognized as a Gold Award Winner

RFI Corporate Office, San Jose, CA – On Thursday, September 10, RFI’s corporate office was recognized for our contributions to the fight against hunger at the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Make Hunger History Awards. We were celebrated with other Santa Clara and San Mateo County companies who are dedicated to a better community by contributing to this important and worthy cause. Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need – with more than half of the food distributed being fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices. RFI is honored to align with such an impressive organization and is proud of its employees for stepping up and making a difference in the lives of others.

 RFI Recognized as Gold Award Winner

RFI Offers Discounts on Video Surveillance Registered with Police Departments

RFI Corporate Office, San Jose, CA – August 28, 2015 – Many of us have seen television shows and movies in which police detectives review video surveillance recordings to “catch the bad guys” as well as fail to do so when shop owners don’t have properly functioning equipment. Where not all scenarios on tv and on the big screen are realistic, both of these scenarios are very possible and can make or break a police investigation on criminal activity.

Video surveillance cameras not only assist businesses and their employees in feeling safe and protected, they have proven effective in assisting police departments and district attorneys in catching and prosecuting criminals. Several business owners and executives have cited specific incidents where giving their local police departments access to their recorded footage has helped immeasurably.

Businesses in San Jose, among other cities, can join the fight against crime while protecting their companies by registering their cameras with their local police department who have camera registry programs. In support of safer workplaces and communities as well as law enforcement agencies, RFI Communications and Security Systems offers reduced costs on video surveillance systems, installation and monitoring to businesses and individuals who register in such programs.

RFI is a diversified multi-systems integrator that designs, installs, services and monitors technology-driven security and fire/life safety solutions. RFI maintains a 5-Diamond, UL certified 24/7 monitoring center. For information on video surveillance, intrusion, other security systems and fire/life safety needs contact Linda White at lwhite@rfi.com. Mention this post to receive your discount on registered cameras.

RFI on 20th Annual SDM Top Systems Integrators Report

SDM Magazine – July 6, 2015 – SDM’s Top Systems Integrators Report ranks companies by their North American systems integration revenue, which includes solutions such as design, project management, product, installation, programming, start-up, and training sold directly to an end-user customer or through a tier of contractors. RFI is proud to have made the list in 2015 for the 18th consecutive year. We currently occupy the 15th spot out of 110 on the list. To read the article, visit http://www.sdmmag.com/articles/91383-20th-annual-sdm-top-systems-integrators-report

RFI CEO Wins Vice Presidency for The Electronic Security Association (ESA)

San Jose, CA – RFI Communications & Security Systems is pleased to announce that Dee Ann Harn, second generation CEO/Owner of RFI Enterprises, Inc., won the election for Vice Presidency of the Electronic Security Association (ESA). Established in 1948, ESA, has evolved into the largest professional trade association in the United States with the purpose of representing, promoting and enhancing the growth and professional development of the electronic life safety, security, and integrated systems industry. In cooperation with a federation of state associations, ESA provides government advocacy and delivers timely information, professional development tools, products and services that members use to prosper and grow their businesses. The association works at all levels to increase awareness about the value of the products and services members provide. It supports new technology and applications with customized and relevant training and proactively promotes the industry through consumer awareness activities supported by trade and media relations programs. ESA also supports legislation and regulations that enhance public safety. Guided by strong leadership and a commitment to the advancement of technology and professionalism, ESA is on a strong foundation that includes financial stability and recognition as the only professional trade association that works to address issues important to the well-being of the industry.

The ESA’s executive team leads, under the authority of the board of directors, to uphold the Bylaws and Code of Ethics. With Dee Ann’s qualifications as an industry business owner and her experiences in serving the trade, she has a unique ability to represent ESA members for the next two years and provide continuity to the vice president role. She demonstrates her commitment to building a strong association by her willingness to listen, demonstrate patience, show vision, and initiate action when necessary. Dee Ann is actively involved in industry organizations CSAA, ESA, and ASIS. She currently is serving as Vice President on ESA’s Executive Committee and chair for the Executive Management Professional group.

Dee Ann’s leadership of RFI has reinforced her responsibility to develop not just her own company, but to utilize her position on the Executive Committee to look for opportunities to bridge our industry to the inevitable changes seen with new technology and incoming workforce development. Her commitment and work ethic learned from growing up in a family owned business has provided a strong understanding of the history of the security industry over the past three decades. Her family started RFI in 1979, in a small town outside of San Jose, California as a way to put the kids through college. The business has grown to include a CSAA Five Diamond UL Monitoring Center, located within the corporate office in San Jose, as well as five additional locations on the west coast. RFI has been named SDM’s 2012 Systems Integrator of the Year, Honoree and has been consistently recognized as one of the top 25 Family Owned Businesses by Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Law Enforcement Support for ASAP-to-PSAP

May 29, 2015 – At ISC West in April, a panel of law enforcement officers took the stage to discuss “Verified Alarms and Priority Response” presented by the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response (PPVAR). A big part of the conversation was ASAP-to-PSAP. The ASAP program enables monitoring centers to transmit alarm response requests directly into the 911 center’s automated dispatch program, eliminating manual phone calls and reducing potential for error. RFI’s Control Center was the first monitoring center on the west coast to have the ability to be able to perform the ASAP side of the equation. This technology makes it beneficial for systems to be monitored and video to be verified through our monitoring center. Law enforcement agencies are trying to get here also, but currently, there are not yet any jurisdictions that have PSAP on the west coast. This video features law enforcement executive experts weighing in on the ASAP program and its benefits.

 

RFI Listed with the SDM 100 Largest Security Providers in the United States

SDM Magazine, May 2015 — RFI is honored to be in top half of the 2015 SDM 100 Largest Security Providers list. The companies on the list are in the U.S. and were ranked by their Recurring Monthly Revenue (RMR). They provide electronic security systems and services to both residential and commercial customers. Revenue is from the sale, installation, service, hosting and monitoring of electronic security and safety systems, such as intrusion and fire alarm, access control, video surveillance, and related low-voltage systems. RFI is #49 on the list. Stay connected to RFI by following our LinkedIn page.

 

HID Global and RFI Pilot Use of Smartphones and Gesture Technology for Enterprise Access Control

San Jose, CA, October 15, 2014 –RFI Communications & Security Systems and HID Global® completed a successful mobile access control pilot at Netflix®, the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying TV series and films. Pilot participants used the RFI installed HID Mobile Access® solution on a variety of Samsung and Apple smartphones with Bluetooth Smart communications channels, and utilized HID Global’s patented “Twist and Go” gesture technology as a new, more convenient way to open doors.

 

“We were pleased with the results of our initial pilot in 2012 with HID Global and RFI, which validated the benefits of mobile access control for physical enterprise security,” said Amy Dee, director of procurement and facilities with Netflix. “Our latest 2014 project really illustrates how far mobile access control has come over the last couple of years. The HID Mobile IDs and HID Mobile Access App are extremely easy to use, and HID Global’s mobile-enabled readers meet all the needs of our demanding enterprise environment. We also found that the HID Secure Identity Services portal is easy to use, making identity management a very simple and secure process.”

 

A key element of the 2014 pilot was the use of Bluetooth Smart, whereas NFC was the only short-range communication technology available for mobile access control during the 2012 Netflix pilot. Adding support for Bluetooth Smart enables mobile access control to be used with popular smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, without the need for accessories. Bluetooth Smart also delivers a longer connection range, which, coupled with HID Global’s patented “Twist and Go” gesture technology, makes it possible to open doors and gates while driving or walking up to a mobile-enabled reader by simply rotating the smartphone.

 

Powered by Seos®, the HID Mobile Access solution worked seamlessly with the existing Netflix access control system from AMAG, and HID Global’s mobile-enabled iCLASS SE® readers delivered maximum flexibility by enabling participants to use Mobile IDs as well as their existing HID Prox keyfobs and MicroProx Tags.

 

“HID Global has established a true ecosystem for mobile access control that, in turn, has created the opportunity for partners like RFI to enter new markets where we can deliver important new capabilities and customer value,” said Brad J. Wilson, CPP, President and COO, RFI Enterprises, Inc. “As an HID Advantage Platinum Partner, it has been extremely valuable working with HID Global on this ground-breaking pilot. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with a company that has great vision and the critical ability to anticipate and help lead industry developments that require the highest levels of trust and authentication.”

 

According to Adrian Noriega, the RFI field project manager who installed HID Mobile Access for the Netflix pilot, the HID Mobile Access Configuration Application was used to configure the Bluetooth Smart portion of the iCLASS SE reader so that users could either tap their smartphone to it or rotate (twist) the device as they approached it. Installing the HID Mobile Access App on participants’ phones was also quick and trouble-free. “Once participants received the invitation code, they were able to use the App with ease,” Noriega said. “Also, having the ability to use the ‘Twist and Go’ feature was very convenient for pilot participants. This solution really represents technology at its best, and the next step in security and convenience for access control.”

 

“This pilot demonstrated the benefits of HID Mobile Access while also highlighting our ongoing commitment to valued HID Advantage Partners like RFI, which is ranked #16 on the 2014 SDM Magazine 100 Report,” said Debra Spitler, vice president, Strategic Alliances with HID Global. “Our customers and partners are both vitally important to us as we work to innovate what’s next in secure identities, and to bring new products, solutions and services to market.”

RFI Ranked #16 on The SDM 100 Report

July 11, 2014 –The SDM 100 Report ranks U.S. companies that provide electronic security systems and services to both residential and non-residential customers. The primary objective of the report is to measure consumer dollars gained by alarm companies, in order to present an account of the size of the market served by the 100 largest security providers. These alarm companies earn their revenues from the sale, installation, service and monitoring of electronic security systems — such as intrusion and fire alarm, access control, video surveillance, and related low-voltage systems.

RFI is proud to have made it onto the top 100 list for the 23rd year in a row (since the report’s inception). RFI is ranked #16 on the 2014 SDM 100 Report.